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Tuesday 21 October 2014
Top 10 drinks world records

From the world’s largest bottle of wine to the longest wine list, this record-breaking top ten shows the lengths people will go to have a drink in style.

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The Proust Q&A: Neal Martin

The Essex-born, Surrey-based wine writer on his love of KFC and 1945 Claret, dislike of corked wine writers and fear of architecture.

Chinese investors eye Australian wineries

Chinese nationals are expected to dramatically increase investment in Australian wineries over the coming years, according to new data.

Whiskey sales to overtake vodka in US

Sales of whiskey in the US will surpass those of vodka for the first time since 2007 this year, marking a shift in American consumer preferences.

Game of Thrones wine montage

Ever wondered what the characters on Game of Thrones get up to when they’re not killing people or having sex?

Beer

Tesco to announce smaller ‘black hole’

UK retailer Tesco is expected to announce that the £250 million ‘black hole’ in its accounts – that has led to the suspension of BWS director Dan Jago – was overstated by around £25m.

Beer box keeps mosquitoes away

A beer company in Papua New Guinea is using a beer box that, when burned, acts as an insect repellent.

Young’s Brewery signs £10.4m deal

Young and Co.’s Brewery has closed a £10.4 million deal to acquire four London pubs.

Landlord opens UK’s first iPad-operated pub

The UK’s first self-service “iPub”, where bar staff have been swapped for iPads, has opened in Wales.

Wine: The ‘Kevin Bacon of industries’

“Wine is the Kevin Bacon of industries. It’s related to art, music, food, people. It links everything to everything”, according to winemaker Aline Baly.

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Top 5 ‘off-the-beaten-path’ white grapes

While most of us would balk at the prospect of choosing from only a handful of meal options, we often fall into exactly that rut when it comes to wine. by Joe Roberts

The future of the primeurs system

Christian Seely, managing director of Château Pichon Baron owner Axa Millésime, reflects on the future of the primeurs system in Bordeaux. by Christian Seely

St Emilion: Balancing modernity and tradition

On one of the few sunny winter days in February, Vincent Lignac, 38, is pruning the 5.3 hectares of his family’s vineyard Château Guadet, on the edge of the picturesque medieval town of Saint Emilion. by Tania Teschke
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WHISK(E)Y

Beckham and Ritchie team up for whisky ad

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie have joined forces to create a TV advertising campaign for Diageo’s Haig Club whisky.

Macallan vertical up for sale in HK

A 42-bottle vertical lot of The Macallan is to be auctioned by Zachys in Hong Kong next month as the company adds to its growing spirits business.

New whisky club in HK

Hong Kong’s only whisky club is seeking to create a stronger appreciation for malt and grain whiskies from around the world among Hong Kong drinkers.

Glasgow’s first gin joins craft movement

A revived distillery in Glasgow is set to release what it claims is the city’s first gin brand, with a new “metropolitan” single malt whisky also in the pipeline.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A London-made red blend, an Italian Pecorino and a “rustic” white from Macedonia impressed UK wine writers this week.

Top 10 Chilean winemakers to watch

In the second of our Chilean winemakers to watch series, Amanda Barnes counts down from 10 to one.

Top 10 London BYOB restaurants

With London not getting any cheaper any opportunity to save is welcome, especially if it means sipping your own hand-picked wine while dining gourmet.

Top winemakers to watch: Chile (20-11)

In the first of a two-part series, we take a look at 20 of Chile’s most promising winemakers, each chosen for their creative and critically-acclaimed approach.

Top 10 famous wine collectors

While many might dream of being the owner of a world class collection of wine, this gang of high-rolling oenophiles made it a reality.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An “electrifying” Sauvignon Blanc, a selection of wines to serve with squid and a great value Bordeaux from the “exceptional” 2009 vintage make it into this week’s roundup.

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Fine Wine

Baroness’ son takes over at Mouton

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, son of the late Baroness Philippine, has been confirmed as the estate’s next president.

Uncorked: Aurelio Montes Jr.

Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes Jr. hopped over the Andes in 2001 to establish Kaiken. His greatest vices are skydiving and drinking wine

Graham’s Ne Oublie hits the States

Ne Oublie, Graham’s extremely rare 1882 tawny Port, is being released in the US, after its UK launch in June.

Bordeaux unveils new global campaign

As the last grapes of the 2014 Bordeaux are picked, the CIVB has unveiled its latest advertising campaign due to launch in the New York subway this month.

Champagne

Champagne marks 10 years of ambassadors

The great and good of the Champagne community descended on Reims last week to celebrate 10 years of the Champagne Ambassador’s Awards.

Wine glass best for Champagne, says Pernod

Pernod Ricard’s Frederico Lleonart has caused quite the ‘coupe’, arguing that a simple white wine glass is superior to the classic Champagne serving options.

HK in pictures

Champagne suppers, floating restaurants, portfolio tastings and a visit to the printers – db‘s in need of a lie-down.

Top 10 new products

Our roundup of the top 10 new products set to hit the shelves features all manner of delights, from stripped-back Champagne to antique Bourbon. 

Trade pays tribute to Thierry Roset

The trade has paid tribute to the skill and modesty of Charles Heidsieck winemaker Thierry Roset, who died earlier this month aged just 55.